It can be hard to know how to help a friend who's having a hard time with their mental health. Whether they're in treatment or just figuring out a diagnosis, everyone has low points with their mental health, and it's only natural to want to support them — to make them feel seen, heard, and appreciated. Fortunately, there are things you can provide that can be very helpful; while of course the best gift is your love and support, a physical object can also remind them of that support when you can't literally be there.
Gifts can't solve everything, and they can't replace help like therapy or medication, but they can help promote self-care, which can be hard to accomplish for someone who isn't feeling well. These gifts can be concrete reminders to a friend that you're there for them, and after the low period has passed, they'll serve as reminders of your friendship. Not everyone wants extra attention when they're experiencing a low point in their mood, but if your friend would feel better for it, it doesn't hurt to show them how much you care. And yes, gifts do include picking up the phone, sending a letter, making some tea, or just showing up and taking care of the pile of dishes in the sink. Here are eight gift ideas for a friend who's having a hard time right now.